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CNN
Dec 31, 2009 7:00pm EST
sacrifice that they made during their careers to keep the united states safe. >> who are these people, gary, and what were they doing in afghanistan? >> the individuals of course everyone says cia, but in fact they're members of the clandestine service. and people talk about leon panetta being the country's lead spy. he's not in fact. the lead spy is the head of the clandestine service, a man who spent 30 years of his life serving all around the globe, working undercover and fighting this nation's enemies. those men and women who died there in khost today were on the afghan/pak border collecting intelligence against the most dangerous groups we face, taliban and al qaeda. and sadly, of course, there was a breach of the facility in which they were serving and they lost their lives because of that breach. >> so, jack, in light of what gary just said, i mean, these are members of the clandestine service. these are highly trained unique agents. this is a huge victory for the enemy. what does it tell us about the bad guy? what does it tell us about this war and the way it's being fought? >
CNN
Jan 1, 2010 7:00pm EST
in to the new year, and already plenty of controversy in these united states. the essential question, is it 2010 now or 2010? turns out if you say the former, you're the majority. for now, anyway. three years ago just 7% referred to the year as 2007, the same goes with last year, 7% said they'd go with 2009, now, though, a chopping 29% of americans say they'll call this year 2010. still a minority, but as you can see, gaining a little ground there. the change some folks are waiting for. personally i'm going with 2010, no "and" because if my fifth grade teacher was right, it will be grammatically direct. >>> time to bid farewell to pretty much an unforgettable year in politics. it started with the historic rise of a new president, and after that scandals and infighting and tragically the laws of a man hailed as the greatest legislator of our time. a look back at now the political flash points that defined 2009. ♪ >> on this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. we choose our better history to carry forward that pre
CNN
Jan 12, 2010 7:00pm EST
people of haiti. the united states is offering full assistance to haiti and to others in the region. we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, and our prayers are with the people who have suffered, their families and their loved ones. >> secretary of state hillary clinton. and we will have much more on this devastating earthquake in haiti ahead after this break. . >>> we are following breaking news this evening from haiti where a major earthquake struck just a couple hours ago. it was the largest quake ever recorded in the region. the u.s. geological association said it struck just minutes from the capital. he also expects the number of victims to be high. an associated press videographer reports that a hospital collapsed and people were screaming for help. the preliminary magnitude is estimated to be 7.0, which would be a major quake with significant damage possible. aftershocks continue, the largest measuring 5.9. a tsunami watch had been posted for haiti and for parts of cuba, the dominican republic and the bahamas, but that has now
CNN
Jan 5, 2010 7:00pm EST
yemen but the united states itself. we had information this group was working with an individual who was known -- who we now know was, in fact, the individual involved in the christmas attack. the bottom line is this: the u.s. government had sufficient information to have uncovered this plot and potentially disrupt the christmas day attack. but our intelligence community failed to connect those dots, which would have placed the suspect on the no-fly list. >> now, the president used even stronger language inside the meeting. according to sportsman robert gibbs, quote, this was a screw-up that could have been disastrous. we dodged a bullet but just barely. it was averted by brave individuals, not because the system worked, and that is unacceptable. while there will be a tendency for finger pointing, i will not tolerate it. i'm told by senior officials that inside that meeting, there is no finger pointing, that all these agency heads, department heads took responsibility for their failures and then pointed out how they will be correcting the system and making sure it does not happen
CNN
Jan 8, 2010 7:00pm EST
united states is going to revamp their program and approach a much greater resolve and determination. i thought the president's resolve was important and critical in terms of his presentation yesterday and there's no question, the mistakes that were made were stunning, and absolutely shocking to see eight years later. what concerns me and where i differ with many democrats it's not about assessing blame, it's holding people accountable. individuals didn't execute or train properly and they have to be removed. >> and resolve is one thing, but at the end of the day and i guess julian, this question is for you, there's the appearance of how you're doing, how you come across, your resolve and actually how are you doing. how are the democrats doing when it comes to national security? >> i don't think they've had a good few weeks. you have the policy and you have the politics, in terms of the policy, what president obama spoke about in terms of reforms that might be needed in the post 9/11 system, i think there's a lot of agreement on that, areas we didn't fix that the 9/11 commission had
CNN
Jan 14, 2010 7:00pm EST
in haiti. the united states has given $1 billion for emergency relief. china, spain, britain and iran are some of more than a dozen countries supplying relief supplies to haiti right now. president obama pledged $1 million in aid, saying this is one of the those moments that calls for real leadership. dan? >> the president trying to show that the u.s. the aid, and to show americans who are on the ground and that they can be airlifted. tends to get frequent updates as long as his american girl, talking to french president sarcozy. we are told by the official that he had made many attempts, but this obviously shows you what the condition is like on the ground? this $180 million that the president was pleased with the pace of the effort to this boy. he said the president is pleased, but he keeps stressing to his staff, the time is of the utmost importance to this administration. we heard the president speak tonight as he was speaking to house members on capitol hill. >> i just want everybody in the house of representatives to understand, this is a moment for american leadership. this is
CNN
Jan 11, 2010 7:00pm EST
right in the united states. it's a right that's protected by the constitution. the supreme court has held over and over again that it may be one of our most fundamental rights to unite with the person that you love. to form a partnership. >> reporter: but a majority of california voters reached a different conclusion. narrowly approving the ban in november of 2008. though the california supreme court upheld the vote, it said those who had already gotten married, 18,000 couples, could remain so in the eyes of the state. little consolation to these backers of gay rights who gathered in front of the courthouse. >> to be able to say, this is my wife, to introduce her as my wife makes all the difference in the world. everyone knows what it means. it's just a completely different feeling. >> reporter: defending prop 8 is a group called protect marriage, the group that sponsored the initiative. >> 7 million carilifornians vot to preserve what marriage meant since the beginning of time. if they're not permitted to do something as basic as that, then there's something really wrong with our sy
CNN
Jan 15, 2010 7:00pm EST
with it? this morning here in washington, we visited the epicenter of the united states' massive relief operation, experts who specialize in dealing with disaster and who have to answer that question. this is the home of the response management team of usaid that is set up every single time that there is a disaster. and they work 24 hours a day on shifts, and the people here, for example, there are your food experts. they're getting the food into the country as soon as possible. we have health experts. we have information experts. we have all the different sectoral experts that we need in order to resolve problems and get the commodities in as well as the search and rescue teams in. >> what is he doing? >> he's trying to find out where the search and rescue teams are now. how do we get the search and rescue teams to the most vital areas within port-au-prince. he's a pivotal person right now because as we know, the first 72 hours are absolutely pivotal to get those teams in. we're at about hour 60 right now. the clock is running. what you see here is a battle running, how do we sa
CNN
Jan 6, 2010 7:00pm EST
sea ports and at the land ports. in the united states. and as well as really beefed up up our communication with state and local law enforcement about things they need to be on the watch for. >> reporter: can you be specific about things you are doing is this. >> we are searched personnel. we have searched examination of cargo and other things that come across the sea ports. >> reporter: the asked the secretary about the decision to screen citizens and travelers from 14 countries linked to terrorism. how does targeting the 14 countries different from profiling? >> well, it's not profiling. it's threat based. >> reporter: isn't profiling often threat based in. >> no, i don't think so. it's stereo typing, assuming because a person is a particular race of religion that they may be bad. this is intelligence that suggests that those who seek to do ill, either in other european countries or to the united states, are threats that have emanated through those countries and to the threat of the united states, extra screening has to be done. >> reporter: let me ask you about body scanner
CNN
Jan 4, 2010 7:00pm EST
al qaeda narrative that says that islam -- united states is at war with islam. we have to be careful. it's that narrative that feeds the ranks and builds the ranks of al qaeda. >> reporter: news of another potential clue missed by u.s. officials. they now acknowledge being briefed last summer about another bomber who hid explosives in his underwear. he had tried to assassinate the top saudi counterterrorism official. >> petn was the substance used in that attack. we looked carefully at that. no indication at the time there would be an attempt against an aircraft. >> reporter: that scenario should have been examined. given al qaeda's obsession with aviation targets especially at the department of homeland security, one would have hoped someone in the system would have been responsible for look at potential for deployment and our ability to detect such a device. >> reporter: some reaction to new security guidelines. the council on american islamic relationships say it amounts to racial profiling. they say it's based on threat and not ethnic or religious backgrounded a majority of all t
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